Bucyrus Museum, Caterpillar Heritage Building

South Milwaukee, WI
Renovation
Preserving the History of Mining Innovation

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: Renovation for manufacturing product museum and library
  • SIZE: 3 stories, 18,000 sf
  • COMPLETION: July 2011
  • OWNER: Caterpillar International (formerly Bucyrus International)
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Project Overview

This fast-tracked project involved an 18,000-square-foot renovation of a long abandoned industrial building into a heavy manufacturing product museum for Bucyrus.  The three-story, timber-frame building utilizes two floors to display prototypes and products made by the company throughout their history.  The third floor is a library of the company’s historical records. In an adjoining building, Continuum designed a 50-seat theater and a gift shop.  Public tours start with a movie at the theater, then proceed through the plant, and end up in the museum where visitors can learn about relevant industrial history with a stroll through the displays, models, and interactive exhibits.

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